Toad in the Hole

October 12, 2006

I Want

to learn how to draw this:

fenceline & waveline

Posted at October 12, 2006 05:41 AM


Hmm. Tricky without color; white and sepia chalk on brown paper?

Posted by: Pica at October 12, 2006 02:22 PM

I was thinking something like that, but I don't mind bringing in color too.

The big missing ingredient here would be my skill, which (based on trying to draw Monterey cypresses in Golden Gate Park Sunday) is approximately non-existent.

Though this one could almost be sketched using a ruler and a protractor.

Posted by: Ron at October 12, 2006 05:00 PM

If I didn't have four million fucking commitments right now, I'd offer to do it for you. Actually I wish it were four million fucking commitments; sex is always good for clearing the brain. Of course, then i wouldn't have time to do it for you OR read your request. But I'd care a lot less.

That didn't make any sense, did it? I think it was just whining, though.

Posted by: emma goldman at October 13, 2006 12:17 AM

Oh, feel free to whine; I've been doing my fair share of that lately. I don't mind a bit, especially when the whine has a nice bit of boggle at the finish.

Bubbles are good too. Tiny bubbles.

Mostly, though, I wish I had the drawing chops to do it myself. I took the photo so I could study it, and damned if we didn't unearth my portable drawing board when we were shoveling out the spare room to paint it. This means I could sit at the monitor here and draw, if I could draw.

The board (and T-square and lots of pencils) date from the landscape design course I took up at Merritt 10 - 12 years ago at least. Never did get very good at it, but I did design one landscape I'd love to see IRL.

The photo, just btw, is the view north toward Bodega Bay from the road to the Point Reyes lighthouse.

Posted by: Ron at October 13, 2006 01:46 AM

I can definitely see why you'd want to reproduce this in some other medium. Me, I'd probably go for paint, because I'm better at getting colors and shades right with paint.

it wouldn't work as a needlepoint, though. (If you send me your email address, I'll send you pics of two major needlepoints I did.)

Posted by: emma goldman at October 13, 2006 03:44 AM

This is why I turned to colored pencil. Precision of drawing media with the lush colors of paint.

Highly recommended.

Posted by: Sara at October 13, 2006 01:20 PM

Ron, let's see. You're worried about the straight LINE part? just practice doodling, pulling the pencil/pen/conte/paintbrush toward you, DOWN. Fast; slow makes wobbles and curves, though they don't matter too much.

The perspective in the photo is sort of easy to follow (near=large, further apart; far=small, closer together, blurring eventually). Things closer seem sharp, further away fuzz and fade.

I'd vote, in this case, for watercolor pencil so you can have your precision and eat it too, and will happily march with you into the art store, real or virtual, to get this happening. (I'd love to see you both up here soon too, and we could sketch away; we're off to Pleasanton on Saturday which a little bit precludes Berkeley.)

Pick up a copy of Danny Gregory's Creative License. It will give you permission to fuck up. (Check out his website, Everyday Matters, if you don't know who I'm talking about.)

Posted by: Pica at October 13, 2006 02:00 PM

You know, permission to fuck up is one of those giant educational reforms I've long wanted to see.

Yes, let's arrange it. Saturday and Sunday are kinda both taken up for us; next week?

Posted by: Ron at October 14, 2006 06:17 AM